Academy of Sciences of South Africa (South Africa)

South Africa's science academy

Akronym: ASSAf

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) was inaugurated in May 1996 by the former President of South Africa and patron of the Academy, Nelson Mandela.

For about one century, two bodies aspired to the position of being South Africa’s national science academy – the Royal Society of South Africa (RSSAf), with a royal charter

The benefits that the Academy aspires to bring to South Africa (and the wider world) are the sustainable provision of a professionally managed organisation that can mobilise the best intellect, expertise and experience.

The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) aspires to be the apex organisation for science and scholarship in South Africa, recognised and connected both nationally and internationally.

Strategic Goals
ASSAf, in its unique position as the only national science academy that is officially recognised by the South African government through the ASSAf Act (Act 67 of 2001), as amended, aims to provide evidence-based scientific advice on issues of public interest to government and other stakeholders.
ASSAf’s strength resides in the quality and diversity of its Membership; internationally renowned scholars elected by peers, who give of their time voluntarily in the service of society. The Members are regarded as the ‘brains trust’ of the nation. ASSAf uses its Members as a collective resource for evidence-based solutions to problems.

The key objective of the Academy is to promote and apply scientific thinking in the service of society.


1st Floor Block A, The Woods 41 De Havilland Crescent, Persequor Park Meiring Naudé Road, Lynnwood Pretoria, Gauteng
0040 Pretoria
South Africa


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